Shinzo Abe's exit: Japan's opposition shape-shifts yet again

Constitutional Democratic Party chief Yukio Edano (left) with Democratic Party for the People policy chief Kenta Izumi after winning the leadership race for the major opposition party.
Constitutional Democratic Party chief Yukio Edano (left) with Democratic Party for the People policy chief Kenta Izumi after winning the leadership race for the major opposition party.PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO - As the race hots up within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to choose a successor for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, yet another round of musical chairs has occurred in the opposition camp.

But coverage of the opposition merger in domestic media has been dwarfed by the LDP, with criticisms that the opposition switcheroo is but "pouring old wine into a new bottle".

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